Chennai: Thousands of musicians gathered for the 171st Thyagaraja Aradhana, a commemorative music festival at Thiruvaiyaru in Thanjavur today in saint-composer Thyagaraja’s honour and rendered Pancharathankrithis in unison.
Carnatic musicians from many regions of the world converged at Thyagaraja’s samadhi for the festival of music. On Pushya Bahula Panchami today, thousands of people and musicians sang the Pancharatnakrithis.
This morning special poojas were conducted at the house in Thiruvaiyaru where Thyagaraja lived. Musical tribute were paid at the Thyagaraja temple where the presiding deity of the composer was decked up.
Among those who rendered Pancrathnakrithis this morning included Classical musicians Sudha Raghunathan, Mahathi, OS Arun, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, Papanasam Ashok Ramani, Haridwaramangalam A K Palanivel and Balachandran among others.
Later today, a portrait of Thyagaraja would be taken out on rounds and deeparadhana would be performed. Music-lovers from various parts of the country gathered at Thiruvaiyaru for the occasion and the district administration made all arrangements for the festival. A local holiday was declared today.